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Go-To Shops for Mother's Day Gifts

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, graduations looming and summer wedding season just around the corner, we’ve got a gift list that’s growing by the minute – and we’re pretty sure we aren’t the only ones. And while we’d like to summon up the perfect gift idea for every single occasion, sometimes we need a little help in the inspiration department. Below, the go-to shops we hit up whenever we need a special something for a special someone:

Lavish: With shelves carrying a diverse array of girlish delights ranging from James Jeans to J. Mendocino ceramics to children’s books and apparel, this Hayes Valley shop is an ideal place to find a gift for mom, whether she’s new to the game or a seasoned pro.

What’s the Deal: isso, Honey Ryder, GAMA-GO, Cary Lane and more...

Need to escape the weekend downpours? Try deals from these local stores:

Honey Ryder: This Hayes Valley boutique named after the iconic 007 vixen is bidding adieu at the end of the month. Merch is marked down by a minimum of 40 percent, and we hear the discounts will keep increasing.

isso san francisco: A sidewalk sale in honor of Cinco de Mayo is on at this local label’s Mission Dolores shop. Pop by during the day on Saturday for deals on apparel and accessories from independent designers such as She-Bible, Nopal, Nicacelly, Kris Nations and Head Tripz.

Look of the Week: Statement Shoes for Less

In a perfect world, we'd all be able to walk into Barney's and drop $1300 on the designer must-have heels of the season without blinking an eye. Unfortunately, most of us live in the real world of scouring H&M and boutique sale racks in an endless quest to find high-end looks that will leave our bank accounts relatively in tact. Luckily we love a good style challenge, so we did the dirty work for you and found five pairs of statement heels that will leave you looking au courant and feeling guilt-free.

Are You Ready for the Biggest Fashion Show on the West Coast?

The Bay Area may not have a fashion week of its own these days, but one event taking place on the Peninsula this weekend hopes to pull off something close to it in the span of one evening.

Sidewalk Chic: Downtown Glam in Union Square

Name: Jenelle Lee Oldham

Age: 26

Occupation: Hairstylist at Oxenrose Salon

Spotted:
Infatuation at Vessel, 11:01 p.m.

Wearing: Forever 21 dress, vintage belt and heels, handmade earrings by Nico Lopez

How would you define your style? "Totally fun and carefree. I love dressing up and wearing things that pop. Mixing trendy, vintage, and a pair of killer heels!"

AAU '09 Graduate Fashion + Jewelry Collaboration

 

 

We were so blown away by the final collection at the Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show that we just had to share. The Fashion and Jewelry Design Collaboration produced by three Fine Art Sculpture and six Fashion Design students, was a fantastical mix that we think is best described as alien fairy with a dash of Toy Story mutant toy. From the metal flowers sprouting out of the tulle 'fur' coat to the sculptural wires suspending layers of a goddess gown in mid-air, the collection was without-a-doubt inspiring and the Academy continues to make fashion aficionados such as ourselves proud to call San Francisco home.

See more from the AAU fashion show.

AAU '09 Graduate Fashion Show Round-Up

 

Last Thursday, we found ourselves surrounded by SF fashion notables (Joy Bianchi, Willie Brown, et al.) and art students, all impatiently waiting for the Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show to begin. What came next was a whirlwind of ruffles, strong silhouettes, bold graphic prints, oversized knitwear, and dramatic draping that left our hearts aflutter. Although all of these talented young designers produced impressive collections, we leave you with the five that stood apart from the rest (in our humble opinion, of course):

A Favorite from Indie Mart: Nooworks' Cotton Jumper

During a visit to the Indie Mart yesterday, we spotted this hot little number by San Francisco’s Nooworks hanging out among the hipster brigade that took over The Independent for an afternoon of local fashion, fun and Sunday afternoon day drinking. 

Made of a sturdy stretch cotton twill, the Nooworks Cotton Jumper goes short and sweet with a length that hits above the knee, but is heavy enough to prevent the unintentional big reveal when the summer winds get gusty (these are the kinds of things a girl has to consider in our fair city).

Get a Tan This Weekend

Say goodbye to the winter blues by adding a little bronze to your look. This weekend, Tan Bella is offering a free tanning session for any first-time client. Choose from 6-12 minutes of UV bed/stand time or a 30-second spray session. Current clients can take advantage of this year's biggest promotion—purchase any tanning membership and tan free up to 7 weeks or purchase any type of tanning credits and receive free tans with purchase.

Tan Bella Tanning Special

Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26

Castro location, 2185 Market St., 415-522-1234 
Mission Bay location, 272 King St., 415-512-8267

Give Mom Some One-on-One Time With Julie Chaiken

What better way is there to thank mom for your good looks than treating her to some new ones of her own?

And besides, chatting over breakfast with Julie Chaiken, goddess of black pants, before heading to her private studio for a one-on-one style session peppered with the San Francisco designer’s tips and takes on current trends isn’t a shabby way for a fashion supplicant to spend a Saturday.

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